Who is a foreign nurse graduate or an overseas nurse? If you have obtained your nursing degree, diploma or certificate in your country and want to work in another country, then you are an overseas nurse or a foreign nurse so far as latter is concerned. You are a domestic nurse in your country.

For example, you a registered nurse in the United States. You want to work in Australia. Then you are a domestic nurse in the United States and a foreign nurse in Australia. If you want to work in Australia, you need to follow the guidelines issued by the nursing authority in Australia.

Whatever be your professional standing and achievement in your country, it is not recognized fully in the foreign country, until you satisfy the requirements for an overseas nurse in that country.

The four essential steps in becoming a successful overseas nurse are:

  • Passing the qualification examination or getting exemption
  • Getting registration
  • Obtaining a nursing training position or a nursing job
  • Obtaining visa or residence permit

The other factors to consider are:

  • Language
  • Social life
  • Accommodation
  • Transport

In the following pages, you will find brief information useful to overseas nurses that want to work in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The complete details can be found in 'The Nurse's Guide to Overseas Career.' It is a downloadable eBook. It is not available in paper format. You can buy it online, if you have a credit card.

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